Goslar's old town is UNESCO world heritage because of its historical significance and because of its completely preserved ensemble of medieaval and early modern buildings. Half-timbered houses are the typical architecture. Entire streets are full of them. The forests of the Harz mountains provided enough wood for building. Stroll through the streets and lanes of the old town and you'll see half-timbered houses from all eras, from 15th to 19th century.
The small Romanesque chapel was originally part of the town gate the miners used on their way to work and back. Here they prayed and held their services. From the 16th century it was part of the miners' hospital. Today, it is used by the Frankenberg parish.
The chapel can only be visited by appointment.
Location: Bergstraße / southwestern edge of the old town
Marktplatz - Market Square
Marktplatz is the heart of town. When I visited in late December, the Christmas market was just being cleared up - you'll see the mess in my photos.
The square is surrounded by a couple of remarkable buildings, among them the old town hall (photo 1) the cloth merchants' guild hall (Kaiserworth), the house with the carillon, etc.
The fountain in the middle of the square bears a replica of a medieval eagle sculpture (photo 3). The eagle is Goslar's heraldic symbol and refers to the town's tradition as imperial city.
The tourist information, in case you need it, is located on the eastern side of the square.
Goslar, Harz Mountains, Witches & Silver
"Goslar A Town Where Time Stood Still"
The Imperial town of Goslar is on the Northern edge of the Harz Mountains.
This was a powerful commercial centre in the medieval period. It was constructed by Heinrich III between 1039 and 1056. It was saved from decay when careful restoration commenced in 1868 and mostly completed by 1879.
There are many hotels in and around Goslar. The one I enjoyed the most was Hotel Kaiserworth, once a guild hall. The hotel is found on the Marktplatz (Market Square). Its entrance facade dates back to 1494. The hotel is painted in its original colours.
"Explore By Walking"
There are thousands of half timber houses in Goslar each with its unique history. I was once told by a guide that when trying to see a little of the past in these old towns and cities always look up. Often much modern work has been done up to the door height of buildings. Above this you will often find the original facade or structure dating back many centuries.
Wandering around Goslar's old town you will come across many remnants of the past such as waterwheels, wooden water pipes and cobblestones streets.
Try and visit Goslar out of the busy peak seasons and you will be rewarded with a unique peacefulness found amongst the many old houses on the cobblestoned streets. This is especially so at early mornings or before the day trippers arrive.